Each building throughout Liberty Station hides its own piece of history. The walls of the barracks tell stories of thousands of Navy recruits lying down after a long day of training. As you walk through the hallways you can almost hear the men singing their cadences or laughing with each other over dinner in the mess hall.
Paul Scott Silvera, owner and lead designer of SCOUT, lives and breathes the rich history that can be found throughout Liberty Station. Paul grew up in San Diego and his grandparents lived on Rosecrans. He fondly remembers that as a child he would drive past the base and look at the officers’ houses where SCOUT is now located. “I would always wonder what was inside NTC. It was the forbidden city. We all knew where it was, but never knew what was inside.” The whimsy of this “forbidden city” had Paul forever captivated and eventually, Officer’s Quarters D, became the perfect home to SCOUT: a retail gallery, interior decoration and staging storefront.
“How much more appropriate can you get to open a home store in a navy officer’s home? It’s been fun having former occupants of the home come and visit and tell me [things like] ‘your office used to be my bedroom’.” The fact that Paul was able to take advantage of both the architecture and the history of the building created the perfect harmony for his growing business.
Paul has been in the interior design business since 2002, but his first commission was really at the age of 7. “I worked with my interior designer aunt to redecorate my bedroom. Unlike my older brother Robert, who chose all his furniture from Sears, I put mine together over the course of a year.” After he finally finished his room, he came home after school to discover his Aunt has sold his room to a client because she liked it so much!
“I opened SCOUT because I thought there was hole in the market. National brands were designing for really large, new construction homes and the kind of homes I live in and the neighborhoods I want to live in (old and established) were left out of the marketplace in terms of scale and over all look.”
SCOUT’s aesthetic is rooted in the World War 2 years and the fact that those years really put San Diego and NTC on the map makes doing business here that much sweeter. When SCOUT first joined the Liberty Station development, a lot of it was still dirt. For Paul one of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of the history is seeing how it’s developing and being able to play an integral role in the history of the Arts District.
“We show art that’s created in our show room space, giving people an idea of how art needs to be integrated into our lives. How does a painting from this artist look in a living room? How does it look with 3 or 4 pieces in one room? We give a really great program to resident artist groups where they get 100% take from whatever they sell from us. They can be sold for a compelling price because we aren’t taking a cut. As Liberty Station continues to develop, we look forward to be the living room for the Arts District.”
Spend just a few minutes with Paul and you can hear his passion for blending our rich history with each customer’s personal passions and experiences. It’s easy to tell how much joy he gets from being a part of the history being made not just at Liberty Station, but also in each customer’s home.
“I just think creative retail is a really big component of the Arts District. There are things to buy here other than paintings. There is so much creative art happening.”
For more information about SCOUT, you can visit their website: scout-home.com